Math 3000 Undergraduate Colloquium Fall 2018
- Purpose: The Undergraduate Colloquium consists of a series of
weekly 50-minute talks (usually by departmental faculty or graduate students) which cover a
broad range of topics in mathematics, its history, and its
applications. Each talk is self-contained and intended for actual and
potential undergraduate mathematics students. More broadly, anybody with
an interest in mathematics or the specific topic is welcome to attend.
- Time and Place: We meet Wednesdays at 12:55-1:45 in LCB 225.
The first meeting will be on January 9, 2019.
- Organizers: Peter Alfeld, JWB 127, firstname.lastname@example.org and
Lisa Penfold, MC 155-A, email@example.com. Contact either one of
us for more info, if you have a suggestion for a colloquium topic, or
if you need help of any kind.
- Office Hours: (with Peter Alfeld in JWB 127) before or after the Colloquium on Wednesdays. You are also welcome to email, make an appointment, or just drop by.
- Credit: The Undergraduate Colloquium may be taken for one
hour of credit or no credit (rather than a letter grade) as Math
3000-1. To receive credit you need to attend regularly (missing no more than twice) and submit a
short paper on one of the topics discussed in the colloquium during
this semester. For the paper please follow these guidelines:
- Your paper should by typeset, using LaTeX (or plain TeX if you prefer).
A brief introduction to LaTeX will be
given on August 22.
Click here for more information on departmental typesetting
- Email a pdf version of your paper, and the corresponding LaTeX or TeX file, to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 1, 2019 (the last day of Final's Week).
- The paper should be about
a topic that was discussed by one of the lecturers presenting this semester. It
should be a self-contained mathematical paper. It
should be readable by any undergraduate mathematics major.
- Since the paper is short it should develop one single idea. Formulate your
main point and develop it. For example, it could be about a theorem or a model or a method.
- Support your writing with attributable references, such as mathematics
books and articles from mathematics journals.
Internet sources should be referenced by the author and should include a
- Your paper should reflect your ambition to write well.
- Click here for a pdf with the notes of the first meeting, containing a list of unsolved math problems and more info on writing your report.
- Frank Stenger's paper on the Riemann Hypothesis
- Online Info:
Click here for a current list
of topics or here
for links to all Math Department seminars and colloquia.
- ADA: The University of Utah seeks to
provide equal access to its programs, services and activities for
people with disabilities.
If you will need accommodations in the
class, reasonable prior notice needs to be given to the Center for
Disability & Access, 162 Olpin Union Building, 801-581-5020. CDA will
work with you and the organizers to make arrangements for
accommodations. All written information in this course can be made
available in alternative format with prior notification to the Center
for Disability & Access.
Resources and references
- Paul Halmos paper on how to write mathematics.
- Sample LaTeX file
- Powerpoint Slides from Instant Insanity, March 20, 2019.
- Subgraph worksheet, pdf
- Slides from Board Games as Random Walks on Graphs, April 3, 2019